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It's hard to understate how important Pandora's new on-demand service, which competes with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, is to its future as a company.Many investors seem to have lost faith in Pandora's ability to succeed as an independent company without some sort of change.That's why Pandora's stock price swings wildly every time an exec at Liberty Media, which is seen as Pandora's only real suitor, makes a comment about its business.But Pandora still has a massive and loyal audience, and its leadership is betting big that Pandora Premium, the new on-demand service, will be a hit."We intend to be profitable this year," Pandora CEO Tim Westergren said earlier this month on CNBC.A chunk of that goal is likely tied to on-demand, where Pandora wants to have 6 to 9 million subscribers by the end of the year.I've been trying Pandora Premium, which is being gradually rolled out to the public, for over a week, and I have both good news and bad news for Pandora investors.The good news is that it's a beautiful and intuitive product, and is likely to snag some of Pandora's internet-radio fans, especially with playlist-building features that leverage Pandora's trove of historical data on longtime users.The bad news is that there are a few places where Pandora Premium really misses on the chance to be the first service to seamlessly integrate on-demand with the "lean-back" style of listening Pandora is famous for.Here's what I mean: View As:
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Over the past few years, systemic problems that lead to unreliable scientific results have become more and more obvious.There’s a litany of woes for good science: publication bias leads to buried data, single studies don’t stand well on their own yet not enough people are replicating them, and flaws in the peer-review process are showing.Ioannidis, along with colleagues Daniele Fanelli and Rodrigo Costas, scoured thousands of scientific papers to uncover some of the most common causes of bias.Their findings suggest that, for the most part, people are worrying about the right things, including small studies that spark a lot of scientific conversation.Data about data about dataFanelli is a meta-researcher: a scientist whose research is itself about scientific research.
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MESA, ARIZONA— A year ago, as the promising young Chicago Cubs prepared for the 2016 season, the only cloud that hung over their training camp was the palpable weight of a hundred and eight years of futility.Could these Cubs, torn down and rebuilt over several dreadful seasons, overcome the most prodigious title drought in the history of professional sports?They answered that question last fall, with a pulsating, extra-inning victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series, a cinematic ending as improbable—and therefore appropriate—as the horrific streak itself.No National League team has accomplished this feat since the legendary Big Red Machine of Cincinnati, forty years ago.As the twenty-something general manager of the Red Sox, he was one of the early pioneers of the “Moneyball” era, and used big data to unlock hidden truths about the game, a strategy that helped lead Boston to two championships.Year by year, he has refined and expanded that quest, perpetually driving his like-minded young collaborators and a war room of analytics geeks for new insights about how to scout players and win games.
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GameStop on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profits that topped analysts' expectations, but sales that missed forecasts amid weaker demand for its gaming consoles.In its earnings release, the video-game retailer said its core category was weak, especially in the second half of last year, as the console cycle aged with a dearth of new hardware releases.A previous update on holiday sales showed that top gaming titles did not sell well in the fourth quarter.The company said it was hurt by the aggressive Black Friday promotions its competitors had.It expects to close between 2%-3% of its stores worldwide this year, according to the earnings statement.GameStop reported adjusted earnings per share of $2.38, topping the forecast for $2.29 according to Bloomberg.Full-year earnings per share were forecast between $3.10 and $3.40, below the consensus for $3.73.Comparable sales — at stores open for at least one year — slumped 16.3% in the fourth quarter, not as much as the 17.5% decline that analysts had forecast.
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The epithet was the comedian Jesper, these two having won On the track two years in a row.the Next week, he meets startup-Sweden on the 33-list final.Two topics that particularly fascinates Jesper, these two are science and new technologies.– As a kid I wanted to be an inventor.I like to consider how different fields can cross-fertilise each other, " says Jesper, these two.And how antigravitationsplattformar be able to replace today's troublesome commuting to and from work.
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Uber held a special press call on Tuesday, hosted by board member Arianna Huffington and staffed with three of its highest ranking female staff, including North American operations lead Rachel Holt, Chief HR officer Liane Hornsey and company comms lead Rachel Whetstone.The call was pretty clearly an attempt to counter-message some of the negative press Uber has faced, specifically around its culture and accusations of sexism.Huffington kicked off the chat, acting as a sort of proxy for CEO Travis Kalanick and reiterating the founder’s commitment to accepting responsibility for the current state of Uber’s culture, and also responsibility for the transformation Uber is currently pursuing as a result.Kalanick’s absence on the call was explained using the COO search process at one point, as Whetstone later answered a press question as to his whereabouts by saying that he was busy with the COO interview process, as was board member and investor Bill Gurley, who is leading the board subcommittee responsible for the executive search.Once again, Huffington also said that she’s going to be “holding [Uber’s] feet to the fire” with respect to their commitment to following through on their plan to truly effect change in the future.She said that there’s no longer any room for “brilliant jerks” at the company, and added that the ultimate goal is not just to “fix” what’s broken at Uber, but to actually make it “the most admired workplace to work at.”
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The new iPhone is out!Well, it is, and it isn’t.You see, Apple has come out with a new iPhone.Only it’s the same iPhone.The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.(Red) is the organization that partners with companies to create special versions of products that, when sold, contribute a portion of those sales to the Global Fund to fight the spread of AIDS.Much of the (Red) donations go toward programs that combat AIDS in the developing world.Apple said the (Product) Red iPhones would go on sale on Friday.
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Science, Researchers at ETH Zurich and IBM has been using 3d printers to produce a microscopic flödesbatteri to take away excess heat.In the future, the circuits in your mobile phone and other gadgets to be cooled automatically by the batteries that run them.It is thanks to new technology that has been invented by researchers at ETH Zurich and IBM, writes Endadget.Flödesbatterier is a type of chemical energy storage has been around for over 100 years.Two different electrolytes separated by a membrane, and chemical transport of ions through the membrane allows energiutvinningen.But traditionally it is the large plants with tanks for the two liquids and nothing that can fit in a small cell phone.
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Apple har de senaste månaderna skickat in ansökningar för godkännande av nya trådlösa produkter till amerikanska myndigheten FCC.De har modellbeteckningarna A1844, A1845 och A1846 och många har spekulerat kring vad det är för produkter.Nu har FCC godkänt ansökningarna och publicerat dem, inklusive manualer och foton från tester av produkten.Det visar sig handla om olika varianter av en och samma produkt: Ett dörrlås, eller rättare sagt ett system för att låsa upp dörrar på distans med bluetooth low energy.Den lilla läsaren är en svart dosa som monteras inuti dörrkarmen och styr låset.Användare håller fram sina ”behörigheter” (gissningsvis ett passerkort eller möjligtvis en app) och dosan visar om tillträde beviljas med en lysdiod och en ljudsignal.
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Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into.I have a four-year-old son who happily flips out every time we see a Walt Disney World commercial on TV, so I’ve spent the last year grimacing at the thought of how much money we’ll have to shell out to bring him there.Truth be told, you could probably spend as much money seeking happiness within Disney Magic Kingdoms, Gameloft’s free-to-play park-builder based on the theme park, but I sincerely doubt you’ll find it here.Well, that’s Mickey’s job to fix, and he’ll do so by recruiting friends, establishing buildings and rides, and pleasing kids along the way.For example, you’ll have a task to complete: like, telling the hard-working Woody from Toy Story to take a breather, which would take six hours to complete.Problem is, Woody can’t take a break until I have Jessie’s Snack Roundup on the map.
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If you tend to play PC games in a cold house, a new Kickstarter campaign has the perfect solution for your no-doubt cold fingers: a small infrared heater that is positioned over a keyboard to keep your fingers warm while gaming.Called Heatbuff, this small contraption looks somewhat like a pair of long, narrow headlights, only with a warm glow that indicates there’s warmth nearby.And no, says the company, it won’t make your keyboard hot.Heatbuff, according to Envavo, the company behind it, is designed to improve PC gamers’ performance by keeping their fingers warm.It’s a simple concept, perhaps one that is welcomed during these cold winter months.The heater is said to feature ‘no-burn technology,’ using infrared to produce heat that is piped directly over one’s keyboard.
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Ecobee understands your local weather, schedule and desired comfort settings, to ensure your home is at the right temperature at the right time.Control it using your mobile device from anywhere, or using your voice via the Alexa service.Get free monthly reports on how much energy you’ve saved and tips on how you can save even more.Ecobee monitors your heating and cooling systems and alerts you if it senses that something isn’t working properly.Currently the smart WiFi thermostat is discounted 17% off its typical list price, saving you $29.Get the Ecobee3 thermostat on Amazon now for $139.92.
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Det framgår av ett pressmeddelande.Investeringen är en del av en kapitalrunda på totalt 52,5 miljoner dollar.Kinnevik kommer att äga 3,5 procent av Livongo efter kapitalanskaffningen, som leddes av Kinnevik samt existerande ägaren General Catalyst."Livongo är vår andra investering inom sjukvård, en sektor där vi ser möjligheter förtekniska plattformar att leverera bättre resultat till mer överkomliga priser.Diabetes är en stor och växande livslång diagnos som kräver en övergripande planering för att möta patientens behov.
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Despite the criticism from the airline industry, the government proceed with the proposal to introduce an aviation tax for passagerarflyget.News provided by financial markets Per Bolund (S) on Wednesday.Flygskatten will be included in the deployment, is the idea.the Purpose of the tax is to curb the growth of the air travel to reduce emissions.– It is reasonable to pay for the carbon footprint that even travel cause, " said Per Bolund to the DN.the Revenue generated should be used primarily to reduce the employer's contribution for the first employee in a company.
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This week on our podcast we’ll be talking with Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Charles Duhigg.He’s the author of The Power of Habit and regularly writes about the science and psychology of productivity.In fact, GQ once referred to him as “the master of the life hack.” Rather than writing cursory productivity tips—the cliche “one cool trick”— Duhigg conducts deep explorations into how different people in different fields are productive and the underlying science at play.His latest book, Smarter Better Faster, looks at how such people manage to accomplish remarkable acts consistently—including how the Saturday Night Live team manage to make a new show every week and also how airline pilots manage to control immensely complex machines seemingly with gut instinct.We’ll be talking with Charles later this week and want to hear from you.You can email us a voice memo to upgrade@lifehacker.com or leave a voicemail at (347) 687-8109.
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Despite Microsoft’s continuous efforts to get people to upgrade the latest version of Windows, hold outs who stick to old versions will always remain.If you’re still on Windows Vista, though, you may want to consider upgrading, as Microsoft will be dropping support for that particular version next month.Windows 10 Pro Genuine Digital Download For Just $39.95.Mainstream support for Windows Vista ended nearly five years ago, but on April 11, Microsoft will be dropping extended support for decade-old OS.This means that users who are still on Windows Vista will no longer receive crucial security updates, potentially leaving their machines at risk.Beyond the security risks that come along with using an outdated version of Windows, you also run the risk of encountering programs that won’t work with your PC.
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Six books are shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize, which celebrates the finest recently-published English-language fiction and nonfiction books that explore the many ways that health and medicine affect our livesThe shortlist for the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize was revealed at the London Book Fair 2017 yesterday.The Wellcome Book Prize celebrates fiction and non-fiction books that explore the many ways our lives are affected and changed by medicine and health issues.When I was reading and selecting the shortlist and winner of the 2016 Royal Society Insight Investment Book Prize, I was impressed by the remarkable quality of all the books on our shortlist -- and by at least as many more that did not make it onto the shortlist -- and the same is true for this year's £30,000 ($36,606.70) Wellcome Book Prize shortlist.This year's shortlist consists of six seriously excellent books: four are nonfiction and two are fiction; two are by women; three are by Americans; one was published posthumously; one is the first Wellcome Prize shortlisted title that was translated into English; one title was shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Book Prize; one was longlisted for the Man Booker International Book Prize; and one author was shortlisted for both the 2015 (my review) and 2016 Wellcome Book Prizes.How to Survive a Plague by David France (USA) Picador, Pan Macmillan (non-fiction)
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The 38-year-old inventor of Raspberry Pi—the credit card-sized computer that costs less than a movie ticket—recalls a day from childhood when he tried to print a homework assignment.The words came out in a jumble, forcing him to learn how tweak the switches on the printer’s circuit board to make the text fill the page.Raspberry Pi offers far more accessibility than the TRS-80, Commodore 64, and early Apple and PC machines his generation worked with.But he hopes the bare bones computer he developed five years ago encourages a younger generation to discover how computers, smartphones and connected devices actually work.If you can follow one of the many online coding tutorials, you can have it performing simple tasks out of the box.You’ll find the Raspberry Pi in industrial machines and hobbyist projects alike.
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Chowbotics, a startup that’s building robots to help with food prep, has raised $5 million from Techstars Ventures, Foundry Group, Galvanize Ventures, and the Geekdom Fund.Founded out of San Jose, California in 2014, Chowbotics has hitherto been known as Casabots, but today it’s unveiling its new name alongside its fresh cash injection.The name change was a fairly recent decision — the new domain was only registered last month.Company founder Deepak Sekar says he chose to rebrand the company to “better reflect the nourishing and fun experience people will have when using the robots.”The startup has also revealed that it raised a smaller $1.3 million seed round last year from Techstars Ventures, Central Texas Angel Network, Galvanize Ventures, Geekdom Fund, v1 VC, and a McDonald’s franchisee.In a nutshell, Chowbotics’ robots can dispense and dish out food, negating the need for humans.The company’s first product is Sally the salad robot, which was demoed last year.Sally is capable of serving up measured quantities of more than 20 different ingredients — so if you want a chicken caesar salad without croutons, Sally has you sorted.The technology can also be used for other types of cuisine, including Indian, Chinese, and Mexican, so we can expect Sally to sprout some siblings in the future.“The use of robotics in food preparation is an exciting new area,” explained the Foundry Group’s Jason Mendelson.“We believe Chowbotics is the number one company in this emerging space and we are thrilled to invest in its growth.”Techstars’ involvement, as you might expect, stems from Chowbotics’ participation in the Techstars Austin program last February.
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One of the best things about living in the future is the vast array of medical aids available to us, including a smorgasbord of painkiller choices when we've got a headache we're describing as a "migraine" so people feel more sorry for us.Despite this, a startling number of people we'll call 'babies' refuse to take their meds and instead whinge about the pain, imagining this somehow makes them more 'hardcore' despite crying every two minutes that it huuuuurts.Well, a new study from the Universities of Adelaide and Liverpool has found that even Neanderthals had the good sense to take painkillers when they needed to, and there's not much more macho than a caveman.The four Neanderthals studied lived around 50,000 years ago, some in the awesomely-named Spy Cave in Belgium and some in Spain's El Sidrón.One of the specimens in the latter cave had an abscess on his jaw and parasites in his gut, so he was probably in a decent amount of pain.The researchers found evidence of penicillium – a good 40,000 years before we invented penicillin – and poplar, which contains the active ingredient from aspirin.
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